Spent the morning styling the lovely Spring Cottage for professional photos tomorrow.
Spring Cottage is a dream of a holiday let in the Tamar Valley owned by Sally Harvey, owner also of Cornish Country Cordials. Spring Cottage is the quintessential Cornish cottage with bags of character: beams, gently sloping floors, inglenook fireplace, deep windowsills and a winding staircase that feels like the inside of a seashell, all sitting in Sally’s pretty, peaceful garden in the hamlet of Tutwell, a mile or so from Horsebridge.
Sally’s warmth is revealed throughout the cottage. It’s spacious yet cosy, extremely comfortable and guests are welcomed with a table full of treats which always includes freshly-baked scones or cake.
The cottage has been redecorated throughout and Sally’s now marketing it independently, hence the new photos being taken tomorrow.
Photos are key to good marketing and attracting guests, especially when there is so much competition, so it’s well worth spending time on dressing a property to get them just right. What may look appealing to the naked eye may not come out well in a photo so there’s always plenty of tweaking involved to convey the right look – and to make sure there are no stray cables, wires or other housekeeping paraphernalia and the like getting in the way. (The photo above is one I took on my phone.)
Similarly, if you’re selling a property, it’s the photos that grab the attention of a potential buyer. Get them right and you’re much more likely to turn that interest in to a viewing. When it comes to an empty property, buyers often find it easier to visualise the space if there’s at least some furniture in the room. So, think about dressing an empty house with some basics and a few touches carefully placed – you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.